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president obama is doing the right thing in protecting the people of egypt on their desired road to democracy. that's "hardball" now. thanks for being with us. the last word with lawrence o'donnell starts now. >>> on the first day of black history month, president obama finds himself in the middle of struggles for rights. the right to democracy in egypt and the right to health care here at home. >> i believe health care is a right and not a privilege. >> that's wrong. it's unconstitutional. >> a judge ruling the health care reform unconstitutional. it's about rights. >> states have rights. >> he wrote quote, the act, like a defectively watch needs to be resigned. >> buying stuff can be regulated. but, if i am not buying anything, how can you regulate me for not doing anything? >> republicans are calling it proof that the law is massive overreach. the requirement, this bill falls. what about other mandates? is it against the law to be required to have automobile insurance? >> the president did not want to return to last year's fights. we'll have the supreme court decision on healt
. the president obama said, you know, we've asked him to start the process now, but he's ordering attacks on journalists? >> well, i mean, look the united states is two fundamentally different positions on foreign policy and the media are struggling to explain this. on the one hand we support human rights and freedoms, on the other hand he we support allies and now, this is a case where our allies doesn't support human rights and the opposite. he's threatening to murder reporters and threatening hero reporters from my mind greg palkot and anderson cooper and others, and so what is the united states supposed to do? nobody, including the obama administration obviously knows. >> jon: in part, is it more than just-- is it more than just coincidence, alan, that all of these journalists suddenly find themselves under attack? >> of course not. this is finally the mubarak regime trying to exert authority and realizing it's losing the battle and it's closing the barn doors after the proverbial chickens have left and it's already been organized by the social media. regardless what happens to the ma
in power. and he tells president obama, he doesn't understand the risks of pushing mubarak to step down now. in cure the regime continue to target journalists and gun fire continues in the streets. pro democracy dmen straightors stand their ground, promising a big push on what they call farewell friday to prove president mubarak has no choice but to go. here in washington, the administration stands firm and rejects complaints from other arab allies. >> the egyptian people expect a meaningful process that yields concrete changes. >> some on the right stay white house is wrong but republican senator john mccain not only backs president obama's approach, he passionately takes issue with those who say the best course is for america to prop up egypt's dictator. >> i'm not a starry eyed idealist. i know the nature of war and i think i understand these issues. and i understand the criticalness. for us to be on the side of government that are repressive can never help us. >> the front line of egypt's revolution, anderson cooper is live from cairo. on this night we do not have a live image to show o
to be proud. this is an event being watched across the entire world. a short time ago president obama said egypt would never be the same. >> president obama has not always kept pace with a fast- moving crisis, but has thrown his moral authority behind the demonstrators. >> the people of egypt has spoken. egypt will never be the same. by stepping down president mubarak responded to the egyptian people's hunter for change. they have made it clear nothing less than genuine democracy will carry the dead. >> what a difference a few -- carried the day. >> americans and british were worried things would turn ugly. david cameron made a clear the army must hold onto power. >> those who run egypt have a duty to reflect the wishes of the egyptian people. there must be a move to democratic rule. >> people celebrated on the streets. there were far worse in his gaza. many are hoping for an egyptian government less friendly towards israel. >> [unintelligible] >> no celebration-televisa. many are concerned egypt is changing. >> it is not good for israel because it will create a state of uncertainty in the
must go without delay. president move -- president obama says this is not meaningful. >> welcome to bbc news. president mubarak of egypt has defied expectations by insisting he will not step down now, despite mass demonstrations against his rule. tens of thousands of protesters have gathered in tahrir square. it soon became clear that after 17 days of demonstrations, he was determined to stay on. the protestors expectation turned to gary. mr. mubarak said he would pass some power to his vice president, omar suleiman. >> the crowd in tahrir square grew steadily. by the time the president spoke, there were hundreds of thousands, waiting and hoping that mubarak was about to leave office. but it was not going to be that simple. >> i speak to you from the heart, as a father to my children. all those who spill the blood of protestors will be punished. >> he promised some powers would be transferred to the vice president, bush reiterated he would stay on until elections in september. >> from the morning, it was clear protests were spreading beyond the square. doctors and medical staff him out
. it actually makes his position worse. >> well, president obama last night did say that mubarak does need to begin to stoep down, however you interpret that. apparently president mubarak doesn't agree. so is him sending out here people to -- the pro mubarak forces on camels and horses, et cetera, to beat down the protestors, is that his answer to president obama? saying basically, i'm not listening. >> i don't think it's his answer to president obama. i think it's him saying i don't want to leave. and i think it's an act of desperation. i know president mubarak. i think he has a real sense of egypt as a wonderful great country. but nobody should be president for 30 years, and i think he thinks if he tries some of the things that might have worked in the past he can stay there. it's not going to work this time. it's just not going to work. the momentum has grown too much. and i think the more things like the people on the horseback, the molotov cocktails and all, the hard it is for him to be able to leave with any semblance of dignity and authority. the time has come. now, whether that tim
hour. there's growing concern the obama administration is sending mixed signals to egypt with the defense secretary robert gates now speaking out about the crisis for the first time, and he's praising, praisie ining in strong terms and words, the egyptian military. let's go to our pentagon correspondent barbara starr. she has details. what's the latest. >> reporter: well, you know, wolf, the white house calling for a media change and the state department calling for a processive change. one thing seems very clear. the protesters are not going away. with crowds swelling in cairo's tahrir square, a greater sense of urgency from the u.s. that the egyptian government needs to show change is coming. in a phone call u.s. vice president joe biden telling egyptian vice president omar suleiman there must be a transition with, quote, immediate, irreversible progress. >> vice president suleiman made particularly unhelpful comments about egypt not being ready for democracy, about not seeing a lift of the emergency law, and i don't -- i don't think that in any way squares with what th
demonstration to date. here in washington, the obama administration is playing down concerns that if president mubarak is forced out, radical islamists could cease power. yet, there's a sense of frustration and uncertainty at the white house. the administration has made clear to president mubarak he needs an exit strategy but sees no evidence as yet he is ready for a true dialogue with his critics. as one official put it to me, "it is not clear he is listening, and he may try to overstay his already overstayed time." and we have more from cairo. >> reporter: hi, john. on that point you were just making there about the concern that exists that if the moib regime should fall there would be some islamic government that would take over, a lot of strong opinions on that front from the streets of cairo. people saying that, no, that is not the case because this is not an islamic revolt. this is a revolt of the people and what they do want is democracy. and anyone who comes into power should president mubarak should fall should be held as accountable as he is being held by the population right now. th
. >> many remain on the streets. some say that it is too little too late. president obama says he has begin -- he has spoken with the egyptian leader. >> what i indicated tonight to president barack, that an orderly transition must be meaningful, peaceful and it must begin now. >> as people power transforms the landscape, many in the region brace themselves. hello and welcome. after 30 years of power, the egyptian president said he will not step down until the elections attempted murder. this statement came after hundreds of thousands of people -- the elections in september. this statement came after hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets. >> my first responsibility runout is to regain, instability in our home country. to ensure the peaceful transition of leadership and to ensure that the responsibility moves peacefully to whoever wins in the next election. i did not intend to stand again. i am now very determined to make sure that whenever i do, i finished my duty keeping the peace in egypt. >> however, there were signs that the gesture will the satisfy the international commu
are confused about this, we are going to run danger of president obama following president carter, where carter lost iran. i could imagine obama losing egypt. >> sean: i think the ship has sailed. there seems to be no organized leader in terms of those that want true freedom, liberty and . the muslim brotherhood is organized and better financed and probably better armed. it seems likelihood, depending on what the military does that is going to be likely. you are at cpac today. you offer suggestions of how barack obama would be deserving to speak at cpac. all domestic. foreign policy is front and center in the country. how big an issue do you think foreign policy becomes in the 2012 election as you travel? >> well, i don't know yet. i think that if you go back and look at the period before the shah collapsed, carter looked fine. the period after there was a hostage crisis, after the to have questions invaded afghanistan, after communists were active, carter looked weak in foreign policy. it became a huge issue by 1980. right now, i think obamacare is a polarizing thing people want to appeal. the
of them. >>> president obama meanwhile is meeting with his top national security advisers. we're going to have much more on what the white house is doing. what's been the white house role in all these dramatic developments in egypt? the obama administration putting pressure on the egyptian president to step down. stay with us for that. also, egypt's control of a vital oil shipping lane. if the crisis continues, we could all feel the impact. you know, when i grow up, i'm going to own my own restaurant. i want to be a volunteer firefighter. when i grow up, i want to write a novel. i want to go on a road trip. when i grow up, i'm going to go there. i'm going to work with kids. i want to fix up old houses. [ female announcer ] at aarp we believe you're never done growing. i want to fall in love again. [ female announcer ] together we can discover the best of what's next at aarp.org. >>> jack cafferty certainly following the break news, all the developments here in the united states as well as in egypt. jack is here with "the cafferty file." jack? >> some estimates put the estimates of egyp
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, expected mubarak to step down tonight. that was obviously incorrect intelligence. >> for barack obama, tomorrow he will face a different kind of crisis, much more volatile. >> that is really vintage mubarak. >> i mean, he's been our puppet dictator. we built his army. >> so his interests have been our interests. >> what worries me a great deal, the army might intervene. >> going to be a tense night out here. >> good evening. in cairo, thousands of angry protesters have entered day 18 of an uprising, calling for president hosni mubarak to leave. when day breaks there, many fear it will be the most dangerous day of the crisis. all day today, the world anticipated mubarak would announce that he would step down. instead, he stepped up to a podium in his palace and said this -- >> while i'm fully aware of the crossroad we are at and based on my firm conviction that egypt is going through a defining moment in its history, i have seen that it is required to delegate the powers of -- and authority of the president to the vice president as per the constitution. >> handing over authority to vic
claims that the obama administration is taking its orders from fundamentalist muslims who have been infiltrated into the conservative organization as well. what's next? tell us to shoot somebody else in the head? wow. plus here's what donald rumsfeld remembers in his new book that president bush came to him two weeks after 9/11 and talked about war with iraq. here's what he forgets that whiling the pentagon was still smoldering that day it was rumsfeld himself who was targeted saddam hussein despite the fact that iraq didn't attack us. tonight we play rummy. while republicans wanted to run, president obama seems to be launching his re-election campaign, today he hit two points republicans love to question, his christianity and winning the future. guess who suddenly is looking stronger for 2012. let me finish with glenn beck's cracker barrel crack up. let me start with the situation in egypt. joining me on the phone in cairo is nbc news chief foreign correspondent richard engel. richard, what do we make of this call for trials of president mubarak and people like vice president omar
the obama administration predicted. i think it's a time for straight talk diplomatically and i'm sure it is is happening between the obama administration is the mubarak government. >> i was talking to a senior administration official who said that mubarak may have sent these people out to show to the people of egypt and the world that he is needed during this next eight months for this transition, that he is not going to leave right away as the u.s. has been privately telling him that he has to do, that he is needed to preserve law and order. and that is not the military doing this, these are these people, mubarak supporters who have been seen in previous elections. they are known commonly as thugs. is that a credible scenario? >> you know, it's hard to believe that the attacks by these pro mubarak forces against these peaceful demonstrators were not ashifted by the government. it seems to me reasonable to assume that there was some government comris complicit in these attacks. for large days they were peaceful in tahrir square and they were kids. there were older people. there were s
president obama is trying to make peace, or at least detaunt. >> maybe if we had brought over a fruit cake we would have gotten off to a better star. >>> that and a rare scene with newt gingrich, ahead. >>> but first the state department tonight is raising new kern concerns that the egyptian government is excluding dialogue to end the protests. that same complaint in tahrir square, from prodemocracy protesters -- nic robertson joins us live with the latest. and nic, traffic jams today, so some images of a return to normalcy, but when you talk to people involve in the diplomacy and negotiations, boy, is there a lot of mistrust. >> reporter: there is, and i guess one of the strangest images for me today, john, was to see a group of about 30 to 40 policemen in their freshly cleaned and pressed yuan uniforms, looking very smug, standing in front of their burned out police station in alexandria, an incredible juxtaposition, these police have suddenly come back en masse on monday morning to do their jobs, guiding traffic, they have a history of taking bribes off of drivers at busy intersections,
're looking live at the white house where in a few minutes, president obama is expected to make a statement about the situation in egypt. the streets of egypt is filled with a mixture of celebration and frustration at this hour this video is believed to be the first violence of the day in alexandria. you can see the protesters here throwing rocks and tanks moving about. after the announcement by president hosni mubarak that he will leave office, but not until later this year. trillion i did notrillion i >> i did not intend to run for a third term because i spent my life serving egypt, but now, i am completely keen on concluding my work for the nation in a fashion that guarantees passing responsibility and flag in safe egypt to preserve the constitution and legitimacy. >> glenn: the promise culminates a week of massive protest around the country. with ebegin our coverage with cargreg palkot live in the egyptian capital it's good morning there, greg. >> reporter: hey, bret. if mubarak was hoping for endorsement from the street, he didn't get it. watching the statement on a jumbo tv screen, th
leader says it's too little too late. president obama says he's spoken to the egyptian leader, urging him to recognize the need for change. >> when i -- what i indicated tonight to president mubarak. it's my belief that an orderly transition must be meaningful, it must be peaceful and it must be -- must begin now. >> as people power transforms egypt's political landscape, leaders across the middle east brace themselves. could they be next? >> hello and welcome to bbc news. after 30 years in power, president hosni mubarak has told the egyptian people that he won't be standing in the country's elections in september. his statement came after hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets across the country to demand his resignation. speaking on state television, he said he'd ask parliament to introduce political and economic reforms and wanted to see a peaceful transition of power. >> right now is to regain calm and stability in our home country, to ensure the peaceful transition of leadership and to ensure that the responsibility goes very peacefully to whoever the people of egypt cho
on democrats like president obama? joining us, more from james baker, reagan's chief of staff, former reagan speech writer peggy noonan, former mayor willie brown and andrea peggy noonan, former mayor willie brown and andrea mitchell. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning. we go first live to cairo where nbc news chief foreign correspondent richard engel is joining us again live on the scene in cairo. richard, what is the latest there? >> reporter: there appear to have been major breakthroughs after negotiations today between members of the opposition and the vice president of egypt. according to a government statement that we just received, egypt has made several very significant concessions. one, two end the emergency law that has been in place in this country since 1981 as soon as security on the ground here permits. two, to allow more candidates to run for president, to allow greater freedom of the press , o suspend future meetings of parliament until allegations of corruption and electoral fraud are flushed out, to respect and appreciate the youth movement in th
and 24% said no. this is the ed show. we will see you tomorrow night >>> big test for obama, this is "hardball". >>> good evening i'm chris >>> good evening i'm chris matthews in washington. leading off tonight who is next. to appreciate what's happening in cairo and potential for spreading beyond egypt consider this. a reporter reports chinese authorities are censoring the word egypt from social networking sites. if the chinese government is worried imagine the frayed nerves in syria, saudi arabia, jordan and other countries in the middle east. for a seventh straight day crowds gathered in cairo today calling for an to end the three decade-long regime of hosni mubarak. he's promising not to fire on protesters but also refusing to step aside. mubarak sitting avenue cabinet has done nothing to blunt calls for his removal. we'll go to richard engel for the latest. there's something at stake for the united states which is careful not to choose sides publicly. egypt is a u.s. ally of course and has helped keep the peace with israel. it's a partner in the struggle against islamic
hija de 10 años de edad >>> y la primera dama obama, dice si su esposo sacrificó la reforma migratoria por impulsar la reforma de salud ununivisión, con jorge ramos, yv jóvenes, reclamando libertad y democracia hay júbilo en las calles de egipto muy buenas noches, desde washington son maría elena salinas, el mundo fue testigo de un hecho histórico el presidente de egipto renunció, cediendo ante la revolución pacífica de su pueblo los egipcios están en celebración y júbilounivisionots a la democracia, tenemos un reporte ♪ . >>> gracias, sin lugar a dudas han sido 18 días que cambiaron v egipto y sacudieron los cimientos el ahora presiisioe, no ticier i contener el descontenopopulaero una fiesta interminable >>> de un momento a otro, la ira se convirtió en felicidad, miles de personas agolpadas, escucharon por fin lo que esperaban con tanta ansiedad. el hombre fuerte de egipto, dejaba el poder >>> estamos muy orgullosos de haber conseguido lo que queríamos >>> estoy feliz y muy agradecida >>> hacía menos de 24 horas, que él mismo había declarado que se qued
him to do to helm the flight. just moments, we are hearing from president obama live. he's expected to take questions on egypt for the first time in a joint news conference that's going to take place with the canadian prime minister, steven harper. nbc's chuck todd in the old executive office building. chuck joins us now to talk about this. we understand, though, is this something that the white house is going to talk about right away, the fact that egyptian officials and exit strategies they want for mubarak? what is the most feasible possibility? >> reporter: well, we do expect to hear something from the president on egypt, even potentially prepared remarks, robert gibbs at the press briefing, seemed to hint at that. but, yes, that's going to be among the obvious questions, which is what is the most recent thing that the american government has asked of mubarak. there was a cryptic news report out of egypt that the vice president, suleiman, said there would not be transfers of powers, implying that somebody asked that there be some transfer of power from mubarak to suleiman or per
of the day. our question to you is about president obama's faith. he spoke about it today, addressing the belief by some that he is a muslim and not a christian. carol costello is here. he keeps facing the same question. >> i know, he does. president obama got personal abouts had faith his morning at the national prayer breakfast, talking about how accepted jesus christ in his life and a poll shows that only a minority of americans know he is a christian and a growing number of americans who believe she a muslim. the white house says his speech is not in response to those who love to call him barack hussein obama. >> my christian faith has been a sustaining force for me over these last few years. all the more so when michelle and i hear our faith questioned. from time to time. we are reminded that ultimately what maurtters is not what othe people say about us but whether we are being true to our conscience and god. >> according to pugh research half of americans correctly identify the presidents a christian. here is your time to talk back. what will it take for people to believe presi
over control to the egyptain military. screen left, president obama arriving for a preplanned speech in michigan. we're told that he was watching events on board air force one very closely. and we expect to hear from him soon. screen right, we're awaiting a state department briefing with p.j. crowley. it was scheduled for 1:15 eastern time. it's now floated, but we expect it to happen soon. this crisis began back on january 26. demonstrators motivated by the ousting of tunisia's president. protesters taking to the streets to demand the resignation of mubarak. violence broke out, injuries and deaths. from there, a curfew was put in place, internet and phone service shut down. the u.s. started to pay attention. protesters and the president of egypt refusing to back down. by february 2, tensions boiled over. journalists targeted, injured, attacked, including our own greg palkot. by february 3, the u.n. estimated that 300 people had died. the protesters digging in their heels. more organized protests reported on february 8. all of that brings us to this moment. shortly after 10:00 a.m. e
presidencia de egipto >>> el presidente barack obama, dijo que el pueblo egipcio es un ejemplo les pidió preparar el camino a unas elecciones justas >>> un jurado delibera en arizona, en el juicio contra una mujer, está acusada de asesinar a un inmigrante y su hija de 10 años de edad >>> y la primera dama obama, dice si su esposo sacrificó la reforma migratoria por impulsar la reforma de salud >>> este es su noticiero univisión, con jorge ramos, y desde la capital de la nación [gritos] >>> cayó mubarak, después de 30 años en el poder, en 18 días de manifestaciones pacíficas de jóvenes, reclamando libertad y democracia hay júbilo en las calles de egipto muy buenas noches, desde washington son maría elena salinas, el mundo fue testigo de un hecho histórico el presidente de egipto renunció, cediendo ante la revolución pacífica de su pueblo los egipcios están en celebración y júbilo la dictadura y represión llegaron a su fin pero aún hay muchas preguntas sobre el camino a la democracia, tenemos un reporte ♪ . >>> gracias, sin lugar a dudas han sido 18 día
will continue to do that. >> the obama administration now has to walk a very delicate line in its approach to the turmoil in egypt. >> the united states, i think, cannot micromanage the process. what we have to do, however, is make clear that the process itself is important and arriving at a democratic solution the important, which is, in fact, inclusive democratic peaceful and rapid. >> amyself all the chaos in egypt, there are new reports this morning that the united states is sending warships, including one with at least 700 troops to the north african country. officials in washington have said that the move is mainly for the evacuation of american citizens in case the situation there deteriorates further. meanwhile, in an interview with fox news before last night's super bowl, president obama told bill o'reiley that egypt is a changed place after the demonstrations. >> egypt is not going to go back to what it was. the egyptian people want freedom, they want free and fair elections, they want a representative government, they want a responsive government. we can say that the time is now
as a boy living in a household under a core corrupt dictator, president suharto. if you look at obama's first memoir there is quite searing accounts of his stepfather talking to him about this being a land of cruelty where weak people are killed by strong people. and you can konl imagine the young obama listening to this. >> rose: finally this evening we go from he lipt-- egypt to the american economy with austan goolsbee. we close this evening by looking ahead at sunday's super bowl with boomer. max rodenbeck, david ignatius, miguele dunne, austan goolsbee when we continue. funding for charlie rose was provided by the following: to have more exposure to the arts. maybe you want to provide meals for the needy. or maybe you want to help when the unexpected happens. whatever you want to do, members project from american express can help you take the first step. vote, volunteer, or donate for the causes you believe in at membersproject.com. take charge of making a difference. additional funding provided by these funders: captioning sponsored by rose communications from our studios in new
police. and what's the worst part about being president of the united states? president obama may wish he could take another stab at answering that question and talk a little bit less about himself. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." the observeway white house is warning egypt that words are not enough. no more, and that the mubarak government must take concrete steps towards greater freedom and democracy. let's go straight to the white house. our correspondent dan lothian is joining us with the latest. sensitive times, dan, for the president, but these are critically important issues. >> reporter: that's right, and all of the energy here at the white house is focused on strongly encouraging this transition process along, realizing that it is not easy because, as one official pointed out here at the white house today, the situation on the ground in egypt changes from hour to hour, so as robert gibbs says it's going to be a bumpy road. strolling back to the white house from his u.s. chamber of commerce speech president obama struck an optimistic tone on the process to resolv
states' influence at this point. you have been critical of the obama administration for not having a consistent message. what influence is the administration having an events there? >> well, i think the u.s., of course, has close ties to the u.s., but they are not going to determine the events in the streets of egypt. but i think, you know, everybody expects them to stand up for the basic universal values, freedom, democracy, rule oflaw, human rights and the u.s. at the beginning has been behind the curve. i think they caught up in the last few days, but the special representative made the statement yesterday saying president mubarak must stay in power. that came down here like a piece of lead. then it was denied by the white house. you know, it was retracted by the white house. i think what people expect is not that the u.s. will effect change in u.s. but they have to be very clear that they are on the side of the people for freedom and democracy, for egypt to move to what i call the second republic, a move from an authoritarian system into democracy. >> let me show you "the week"
minutes now until we hear from president obama on the biggest news out of the middle east since victory in iraq. egyptain president hosni mubarak has stepped down after nearly 30 years as president of egypt. welcome to a busy and breaking news edition of "america live." i'm megyn kelly. this is what it looked like when a anti-mubarak protesters got the word that he was stepping down. watch this. megyn: hundreds of thousands who have been in the streets for 18 days began crying, cheering, hugging, chanting that they've brought down the regime. and this is what it looks like now. look at them. look at them hours later with the same enthusiasm. the move leaving serious questions about what the future holds for what has been our most trusted arab ally. screen right, the white house. president obama expected to speak again within 30 minutes. while we wait for that, a review of the events of the past 24 hours. at exactly this time yesterday, sources were telling fox news that president mubarak was relinquishing power. we awaited his statement together. then in a stunning move, the interior mi
obama issued a critical and blunt statement following mubarak's latest defiant stand. now, clearly impatient, mr. obama said the universal rights of the egyptian people must be respected. quote, the egyptian people have been told that there was a transition of authority. the president said, but it is not clear yet that this transition is immediate, meaningful, or sufficient. ines ferre is in washington with more on this. good morning, ines. >> reporter: good morning, betty. and president obama held a late-night meeting at the white house with his national security team. they're scrambling right now, after being caught off guard by the latest turn of events. the white house was as surprised as anyone president mubarak did not step down. in a statement last night, president obama criticized the egyptian leader for not offering his people the reforms they demand. it is the responsibility of the government to speak clearly to the egyptian people and the word, it read. the egyptian government must put forward a credible, concrete and unequivocal path toward genuine democracy, and they h
in the united states, president obama also sounded confident that the end was near. >> we are witnessing history unfold. it's a moment of transformation that is taking place because the people of egypt are calling for change. >> testifying on capitol hill. the cia director echoed news reports that mubarak would announce his resignation. >> i got the same information that you did. that there's a strong likelihood that mubarak may step down this evening. >> so late into the night, the crowd in tahrir square was already celebrates, moments before president mubarak made that speech to the nation. but afterwards, they were stunned. mubarak told them he would transfer constitutional powers to his hand-picked vice president, omar suleiman. but he did not say he was leaving yet. tahrir square answered him in a furious roar. no, leave, leave, they shouted. >> go out, go out! >> we are here until he goes! >> yet, again, the mood had changed. uncertainty reigned. >> it's not tomorrow morning early. it's to be announced that he is out and the country is clean from him. it's no one can imagine. and no one ca
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